T-14 tanks with the Armata Universal Combat Platforms. © SPUTNIK/ EVGENY BIYATOV
Next Big Future: Russia developing 152 mm tank gun and small battlefield nuclear weapons
instead of its current 2A82 125 mm gun. The 2A83 gun has a high-speed APFSDS shell with a 1,980 m/s muzzle velocity, only dropping to 1,900 m/s at 2 km.
However, Russian engineers have so far kept the 125 mm-size gun, assessing that improvements in ammunition could be enough to increase effectiveness, while concluding that a larger bore weapon would offer few practical advantage.
Russia is both miniaturizing the nuclear warheads and using sub-kiloton low-yield warheads. Battlefield nuclear weapons could be pared with the larger tank gun.
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WNU Editor: These miniature nuclear weapons always make me nervous because of security concerns in keeping these weapons under lock and key. In the wrong hands a miniaturised nuclear weapon with a 500 ton yield can be incredibly devastating if used by a terror group in a major city.